Restorative Justice

Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
Restorative justice is an approach to justice in which the response to a crime is to organize a meeting between the victim and the offender, sometimes with representatives of the wider community. The goal is for them to share their experience of what happened, to discuss who was harmed by the crime and how, and to create a consensus for what the offender can do to repair the harm from the offense. This may include a payment of money given from the offender to the victim, apologies and other amends, and other actions to compensate those affected and to prevent the offender from causing future harm.

A restorative justice program aims to get offenders to take responsibility for their actions, to understand the harm they have caused, to give them an opportunity to redeem themselves and to discourage them from causing further harm. For victims, its goal is to give them an active role in the process and to reduce feelings of anxiety and powerlessness. Restorative justice is founded on an alternative theory to the traditional methods of justice, which often focus on retribution. However, restorative justice programs can complement traditional methods.

Academic assessment of restorative justice is positive. Most studies suggest it makes offenders less likely to reoffend. A 2007 study also found that it had the highest rate of victim satisfaction and offender accountability of any method of justice. Its use has seen worldwide growth since the 1990s. Restorative justice inspired and is part of the wider study of restorative practices.

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Are you suggesting this form of justice for the mass shootings over the weekend? I don't think it would end well. Especially since you cannot bring back the dead.
Hi, i didn't know about the mass shooting when i posted this

I hear that you are skeptical about using these methods when the person may be mentally ill, is that correct?
tomgrz diaspora
just about any good idea has it's limits...
@Sunyata - Me personally or USians in general? For me, I suppose it would depend on the mental illness.
For me, I suppose it would depend on the mental illness.
Yes that's my perspective as well. I guess though that i would like to believe that we can reach anyone, no matter what horrors that have been commited
@Sunyata - Unfortunately, I think most sociopaths and psychopaths are beyond rehabilitation. Of all of the sociopaths that the late Dr Lewis E Graham profiled as a part of his business back in the day, only one sociopath showed true signs of change.
@DavïÐ Låzårµ§ If i understand you are feeling hopeless about connecting heart-to-heart with some people so that we can improve things, is that right?
I have more hope myself, and can tell you more if you're interested?
@Sunyata - I'm open, sure. That said, I'm not trying to rehabilitate anyone.
@DavïÐ Låzårµ§ Well i remember someone asking Marshall Rosenberg (founder of Nonviolent Communication, NVC) if the NVC process is possible with some individuals that may seem to be too damaged, and he said that yes it works, but (he said in another place) it may take some time for people (in prisons for example) to trust that he genuinely cares and wants to connect with them

The aim in NVC isn't really to change people, but rather create a kind of connection where everyone's needs matter. Then when we can hear each other's needs we can find solutions that work for everyone

Does this make sense? (I hope this is valuable for you)
@Sunyata - It makes sense, yes. You might enjoy reading Volume 4 of Lew Graham’s Gnosis Onward series. You can read an esample of it here:
@Sunyata - No problem. Let me know what you think.
@DavïÐ Låzårµ§ It's not for me personally, i guess i'm more mainstream when it comes to history and science, but thank you for the thought
@Sunyata - Are you referring to Volume 4 specifically or the series as a whole? I think you will find the former quite interesting.
Well for volume 1 i read this:
Volume 1 – eSample – (The Story of How We Remember) clearly describes the world’s true history from 20,000+ years ago until the Lost Civilization that Plato called the island of Atlas, commonly misnamed Atlantis, simply vanished in a related series of worldwide disasters.
It's not for me personally, but that's okay, we can have different perspectives
@Sunyata - Yeah, that's Volume 1. Please take a look at Volume 4 ("recaps the preceding books and gives results from two decades of applied research on four continents. In part, it is an informed follow-up to the late M. Scott Peck, M.D.’s 1983 People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil. The volume also presents an integrated model of human functioning based upon features of character, underlying candlepower, and core traits that invisibly underlie personal differences. Camouflaged, real-life examples bring the model to life. As author, the Rev. Dr Lewis E. Graham was privileged to train as a scientist and a shaman. He thereby brings both traditions plus 20+ years of international business experience to this innovative view of human consciousness."). You don't have to read it, but I think it would interest you.